Published 8:11 p.m. UTC Sep 3, 2018
Protesters aim to shut down Chicago airport over gun violence
Protesters led by an activist Chicago minister plan to shut down the nation's second busiest airport on Labor Day by blocking the main highway leading into and out of O'Hare International. The Rev. Gregory Livingston says Monday's march along the Kennedy Expressway is an effort to highlight the violence and lack of opportunity on the city's South and West sides. But Major David Byrd, spokesman for the Illinois State Police, said authorities will not allow the protest to interrupt traffic. Chicago tallied more than 1,400 murders and 6,200 shootings in 2016 and 2017; 2018's murder rate through August is down 20%, according to police.
Earth's strongest storm of the year heads for Japan
Typhoon Jebi, the Earth's strongest storm of 2018, is expected to hit Japan as a dangerous storm on Monday. Though forecast to weaken, the typhoon should have winds of 120 mph, gusting to nearly 150 mph, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. Japan has already been hit hard by other tropical systems, historic flooding and a deadly heat wave this year, AccuWeather said. AccuWeather meteorologist Adam Douty said that "damaging winds and coastal flooding may be the most significant impacts with this storm."
'Crazy Rich Asians' is making crazy big money
"Crazy Rich Asians" has topped the domestic charts again, studios said. The romantic comedy, based on the books by Kevin Kwan, didn't slow down for its third weekend in theaters. Should the pace hold through Monday, "Crazy Rich Asians" could also have one of the biggest Labor Day weekends ever. The existing four-day Labor Day record sits with 2007's "Halloween" which opened with $30.6 million. Some are projecting that "Crazy Rich Asians" could hit $30 million.
Markets, federal offices closed for Labor Day holiday
In observance of the Labor Day holiday, U.S. financial markets and federal government offices will be closed Monday. The holiday for many is all about a last blast at the beach with family and friends, backyard barbecues, parades and holiday sales. But the origin of the holiday was not so laid-back and peaceful. In the late 1800s, the state of labor was grim as U.S. workers toiled under bleak conditions. The dismal livelihoods fueled the formation of the country’s first labor unions, which began to organize strikes and protests and pushed employers for better hours and pay. Many of the rallies turned violent. On Sept. 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march in a parade from City Hall to Union Square in New York City as a tribute to American workers. It was the country’s first unofficial Labor Day parade.
Now might be the time for vacation
Now is the time to travel. Labor Day kicks off what is known as the shoulder season in travel as prices begin to drop from peak season and the crowds begin to thin. From September to November, the kids are back in school and fewer people are hitting the road. Travelers can save 25 to 30 percent on hotels and flights compared to peak summer pricing, according to Travelzoo.com. An added bonus: The weather is usually more pleasant as well.
Contributing: Associated Press